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March 5, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The family of a hospital patient found dead in an emergency stairwell 17 days after she vanished from her room has filed a wrongful death claim against San Francisco, which owns and operates the medical facility. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit when a governmental body is named as a defendant, was filed by the son and daughter of Lynne Spalding, 57, who entered San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 and was found dead in a hospital emergency stairwell on Oct. 8. The claim describes a calamitous array of errors by the hospital and the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, which provides security for San Francisco General.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The family of a hospital patient found dead in an emergency stairwell 17 days after she vanished from her room has filed a wrongful death claim against San Francisco, which owns and operates the medical facility. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit when a governmental body is named as a defendant, was filed by the son and daughter of Lynne Spalding, 57, who entered San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 and was found dead in a hospital emergency stairwell on Oct. 8. The claim describes a calamitous array of errors by the hospital and the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, which provides security for San Francisco General.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
San Francisco authorities have scheduled a news conference Wednesday to discuss the discovery of a woman's body in the stairwell of a local hospital. The San Francisco Sheriff's Department and San Francisco General Hospital are slated to reveal more information about how the body of the woman -- a former patient -- may have ended up in the stairwell. Her loved ones fear it's the body of 57-year-old Lynne Spalding. Spalding, a longtime San Francisco resident, disappeared from the hospital Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Jason Wells
The San Francisco hospital where a patient disappeared last year, only to be found dead 17 days later in a exterior stairwell, should share in the blame with the sheriff's department for "systemic" failures that led to the death, according to new report. Lynne Spalding Ford, 57, disappeared from her San Francisco General Hospital room Sept. 21 and apparently exited a door to the rarely used stairwell. Spalding Ford -- a vivacious British-born mother of two -- was wearing her street clothes and still had electrocardiogram pads on her torso and intravenous access lines in her arms when she went missing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Jason Wells
The San Francisco hospital where a patient disappeared last year, only to be found dead 17 days later in a exterior stairwell, should share in the blame with the sheriff's department for "systemic" failures that led to the death, according to new report. Lynne Spalding Ford, 57, disappeared from her San Francisco General Hospital room Sept. 21 and apparently exited a door to the rarely used stairwell. Spalding Ford -- a vivacious British-born mother of two -- was wearing her street clothes and still had electrocardiogram pads on her torso and intravenous access lines in her arms when she went missing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The hospital where a patient vanished and was discovered dead in a stairwell 17 days later told the San Francisco Sheriff's Department that a woman had been spotted there four days before the patient's body was found, the lawyer for the woman's family said Thursday. Haig Harris, who is representing the children of Lynne Spalding , 57, said a medical official from San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center told him Thursday that an unidentified man was on the emergency exterior stairwell shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 4, banging on a fifth-floor door to be let in. A senior hospital employee heard the noise and opened the door, which locks from the outside, Harris said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A long-awaited medical examiner's report released Friday offered new details on the death of a woman who disappeared from her San Francisco General Hospital bed and was found in a nearby exterior stairwell 17 days later. But the key question of when Lynne Spalding, 57, died remains unanswered. The report lists the cause of Spalding's death in the stairwell of the sprawling public hospital as “probable electrolyte imbalance” -- or dehydration -- with “delirium” attributed to clinical sepsis, the body's often deadly response to infection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Officials Wednesday identified the body of a woman discovered in a hospital stairwell Tuesday as a patient who vanished from her hospital room more than two weeks ago. At a news conference, officials said the dead woman was Lynne Spalding , 57, who entered San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 with an infection. She was discovered missing from her hospital bed on the morning of Sept. 21. Her cellphone was still in the room. Spalding's family and friends distributed hundreds of fliers in their search for her and created a “Find Lynne” Facebook page.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
A young girl was found not breathing in a stairwell of a smoke-filled West Los Angeles high-rise and was taken to a hospital with four other injured people, officials said Friday. The child, whose age and name were not released, was found on the 23rd-floor stairway of the 25-story building in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jaime Moore. The girl was with two other people, but it was unclear whether they were related, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Authorities pledged Wednesday to determine why a patient in stable condition vanished from her San Francisco hospital room and was found dead 17 days later in a hospital stairwell, despite a previous search and police investigation. "Quality patient care and patient safety is my top responsibility," Dr. Todd May, chief medical officer at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, said at a news conference, "and I am committed to getting to the root cause of this tragedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A long-awaited medical examiner's report released Friday offered new details on the death of a woman who disappeared from her San Francisco General Hospital bed and was found in a nearby exterior stairwell 17 days later. But the key question of when Lynne Spalding, 57, died remains unanswered. The report lists the cause of Spalding's death in the stairwell of the sprawling public hospital as “probable electrolyte imbalance” -- or dehydration -- with “delirium” attributed to clinical sepsis, the body's often deadly response to infection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The hospital where a patient vanished and was discovered dead in a stairwell 17 days later told the San Francisco Sheriff's Department that a woman had been spotted there four days before the patient's body was found, the lawyer for the woman's family said Thursday. Haig Harris, who is representing the children of Lynne Spalding , 57, said a medical official from San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center told him Thursday that an unidentified man was on the emergency exterior stairwell shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 4, banging on a fifth-floor door to be let in. A senior hospital employee heard the noise and opened the door, which locks from the outside, Harris said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
A young girl was found not breathing in a stairwell of a smoke-filled West Los Angeles high-rise and was taken to a hospital with four other injured people, officials said Friday. The child, whose age and name were not released, was found on the 23rd-floor stairway of the 25-story building in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jaime Moore. The girl was with two other people, but it was unclear whether they were related, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
San Francisco authorities have scheduled a news conference Wednesday to discuss the discovery of a woman's body in the stairwell of a local hospital. The San Francisco Sheriff's Department and San Francisco General Hospital are slated to reveal more information about how the body of the woman -- a former patient -- may have ended up in the stairwell. Her loved ones fear it's the body of 57-year-old Lynne Spalding. Spalding, a longtime San Francisco resident, disappeared from the hospital Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Officials Wednesday identified the body of a woman discovered in a hospital stairwell Tuesday as a patient who vanished from her hospital room more than two weeks ago. At a news conference, officials said the dead woman was Lynne Spalding , 57, who entered San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 with an infection. She was discovered missing from her hospital bed on the morning of Sept. 21. Her cellphone was still in the room. Spalding's family and friends distributed hundreds of fliers in their search for her and created a “Find Lynne” Facebook page.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Authorities pledged Wednesday to determine why a patient in stable condition vanished from her San Francisco hospital room and was found dead 17 days later in a hospital stairwell, despite a previous search and police investigation. "Quality patient care and patient safety is my top responsibility," Dr. Todd May, chief medical officer at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, said at a news conference, "and I am committed to getting to the root cause of this tragedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2010 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
UC San Diego police are investigating an incident in which a noose was found suspended in a campus stairwell. The thin piece of rope, crudely fashioned into a loop, was found July 21 in a stairwell in Mandeville Hall, an auditorium where recitals and other performing arts events are held. So far, police have no leads as to who might have created the noose. They are seeking help identifying witnesses. It is the latest incident with racial overtones on the campus in recent months.
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January 23, 1985 | United Press International
Seven children, ranging in age from 3 to 17, were killed Tuesday when flames spread from a wood-burning stove, roared up a stairwell and engulfed a bedroom where the victims were huddled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The brush fire at Camp Pendleton that broke out Saturday afternoon is now 93% contained after burning 2,236 acres, Marine officials said Tuesday night. No cause has been determined but artillery fire has been ruled out, officials said. No training was underway at the fire's origin when the blaze was spotted about 12:35 p.m. Saturday. No injuries have been reported. Four modular temporary buildings were damaged and three vehicles were burned. Some 230 residents from the O'Neill Heights housing area were evacuated Saturday night but allowed to return Sunday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Jason La
Romeo Doneza photographed groups of visitors descending a stairwell at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood on Aug. 15. Doneza used a Nikon D7000. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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